All of us believe in the age-old adage of ‘live and let live’. But when it comes to women wearing dresses and shorts, sometimes, we forget this basic tenet. Indian women face harassment and moral policing not just from men but from other women as well. Instances like the Delhi Auntyji and a Kolkata woman slapping a student wearing shorts offer a grim picture of the society’s mindset because in both cases, the harassers believed that the women ‘deserved’ to be raped.
A 28-year-old techie wearing shorts recently faced similar harassment when a man told her to follow the “proper dress code of India”. The incident was captured on video by her friend.
The following incident happened 9PM 3 rd October , HSR Layout Bangalore . Me and a female friend were travelling and a fellow “Indian” stopped our bike and commanded my lady friend to be an “Indian” and not to wear the type of clothes she was wearing and repeatedly kept on asking her the question ” Are you an Indian ? “ This fellow indian is proof of the degrading and dangerous state where our society is heading . HE WAS NOT DRUNK . He was a sober educated indian common man who is now keeping a watch of the sanctity of his own “INDIAN CULTURE “ that he thinks is wronged by dress code of my lady friend . His nonchalant behaviour was so scary as he kept on asking people nearby pointing at my lady friend in support to give a judgement weather he was right or wrong as you see in the video . THIS MAN WAS NOT AT ALL CONFUSED . CONVINCED !
Simran Kapoor ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 4, 2019
According to News18, the incident took place on October 3, 9 pm in Bengaluru’s HSR layout area. The woman revealed,
“I heard someone yelling. I was riding pillion and I looked to my right side. There was a man on a two-wheeler, who began yelling at me and said, ‘Don’t you have any clothes at home?’ When I asked him what his problem is, he began yelling at me, saying Indian women must not wear ‘such’ clothes. I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. I don’t see what the problem is.”
She further added, “Maybe he expected us to be scared. I also told him that I would go to the police. That’s when he got back on his bike and fled.”
After the recording went viral on social media, people pointed out the irony of the fact that the man himself was wearing western clothes while telling the woman “You must follow Indian rules; Please wear proper clothes.”
So now it's comes to this. Why isn't the guy in dhoti then?
— Aldrin (@aldrinalphonso) October 6, 2019
Ridiculous. Who is he to sermon others?
— Ravikumar Rajagopal (@ravikr) October 6, 2019
PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE DHOTI TO HIM.
SHIRT PANT ITS NOT INDIAN WEAR..
— Mυɳɳα 🐦 (@bhau_munna) October 6, 2019
I am not surprised these people have now acquired so much audacity and entitlement .. next step from SM bullying… because the mental framework remains.
— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) October 6, 2019
but neither is his dress Indian! so first let him practice what he preaches before becoming a self appointed moral custodian
— K G Surendran (@surendrankol) October 6, 2019
Regardless of whether you agree with the guys opinion or not, he has no right to force it on some random stranger.. Who is he to decide what is appropriate for others to where? That thinking is for him only not others..
— Siddharth Kashinath (@SiddharthKashi1) October 7, 2019
Problem with our society is we mind the business of others more than focusing on ourselves
— Dr. Ayaaz Habib (@AHabib145) October 6, 2019
The Indian Express quoted the woman saying, “I have not filed a complaint as I feel even the police would have the same mindset.” That says a lot doesn’t it?